May 29, 2020

Archives for February 2013

Underground Bloomer

Most curious is Amphicarpaea bracteata, a vining member of the legume family that is native to eastern North America. Known as American hog peanut, the plant has two types of flowers: those above … [Read more...]

Warm Like Sun

There is something about the rays of a daisylike bloom that provide a warmth all their own. And so it is with Osteospermum 'Sunset Orange.' Also called African daisy, South African daisy, Cape daisy … [Read more...]

Bacon-wrapped Stuffed Chicken Breasts

This recipe was created when I discovered I had a little of this and a little of that left over, but not enough of anything to use individually. It seemed a perfect time to try something new and the … [Read more...]

Playing the Blues

Asperula orientalis is a sweet annual commonly known as blue woodruff. Similar to the perennial sweet woodruff, this herb grows a foot or so in height and is topped by clusters of tiny trumpet-shaped … [Read more...]

Not Your Father’s Daimler

• By John F. Chisholm • My daughter Kimberley is working in New Zealand.  She returned for a week's visit at the end of November.  It was delightful to see her.  (What father doesn't delight in his … [Read more...]

Newer Native

Native to New Zealand is Leptospermum scoparium, or manuka in Maori. This scrub-type tree grows more like a shrub reaching heights up to 15 feet tall. But it can develop into a tree growing up to 50 … [Read more...]

On Your Toetoe

Talk about grass and most would think of lawns and mowing. But tall grasses are a whole different ballgame. Native to New Zealand is Toetoe, five species of tall grass that are members of the … [Read more...]

It’s a Date

It has been cultivated for so many years that its exact origins are not known. Phoenix dactylifera, which likely came from the region of Iraq, is better known as the date palm. It is the palm that … [Read more...]

Even Sisyphus Had an Excuse

• By John F. Chisholm • I'm in the throes of repairing a 1957 Land Rover.  It's a great old truck.  Unfortunately, the mechanic isn't up to the same standard as the designers. Yesterday I … [Read more...]

Single Delight

Across the Northern Hemisphere, in temperate regions where coniferous forests grow, one might find this diminutive member of the heath family, Moneses uniflora. Also known as one-flowered wintergreen … [Read more...]